Sunday, 16 March 2014

South West Series Round One - Wheel Maid

Today was the first of the South West Series in Cornwall and it was BRILLIANT.

It was my first chance racing in an Elite category, meaning I could race my coach and team mate, Maddie, for the first time ever in an XC race. This was exciting for me as I know that she is a really good Elite rider who gets on the podium at National events, so the fact that I ended 50 seconds behind her has made my day. It was a real boost for me and just the motivation I needed with the Nationals only a week away.

However, even though I was her competitor, she still acted as my coach helping me fulfil this achievement. Throughout the race she continuously cheered me on in-between breaths and still talked me through my warm up and pre-race advice. She even waited for me at the end of the race, timing our distance so that we could go through the finish line together, showing true sportsmanship/friendship. This accidentally meant I was put in first place by a fraction of a second, even though Maddie was the real winner, woopsies!


The race was very technical, with the Leveller and Down to Brown included, meaning I lost a couple of hours of sleep the night before the race. However, after 5 laps of not falling off my confident built. (Although I might just have been testing my luck each time, but I survived!).

I was very proud of the other Mavericks, all showing their training has payed off, with podiums all-round! My mum made me proud racing her socks off and also my boyfriend for being first sport male. I'm so proud of you all, well done!

Thank you for an excellent race, the first one and already giving yourself a great reputation! Thank you Mullet Snaps for the photos, please check out his Facebook page to see more.

The Stinger Round Two

The sun shone, the sunglasses were on and everyone was lured to Newnham park, again, to endure some more fun/pain! The day started off with treats and galore, being given a lovely Stinger bowl at sign on. (I now have a great collection of cutlery to take to Uni), but that wasn't the only reason I went. No surprise, I did also go for some great racing, which was definitely what I got.

It started with the runners, all being set off at eleven, to battle it out for us. Whilst they were off I had been given strict instructions from my Fully Sussed coach, Maddie, to warm up on rollers. This was to practise for the Nationals in two weeks time, but I now apologise for the lady with the baby that I woke and everyone else with my loud whirringgg. This warm up definitely helped though, as when my pair came through I felt raring to go.

Sam Parker speedily ran through first, followed by Stan Townsend. I don't know whether their speeds were possible; I believe they had hidden motors or wings or something! My pair, Matt Carey, followed closely behind. He is an excellent runner, planning to do a marathon soon (good luck Matt). So, luckily for me, we got a great lead in our mixed pair category.

I set off feeling fairly good and tried to hold our competition, Gary Andrews off, but as usual I new he was coming when I heard his bell dinging behind. We were settled for second place and finished feeling happy to have held off the others (just).

The course was the usual Newnham spectacular, with a hill at the start to warm your legs up. However, other than that hill, everything flowed and all linked really well together, with just a couple of little teaser hills.

The fun atmosphere at the event made it a great laugh and a good day out. Thank you Fully Sussed for your excellent organisation and course. Also, to Rockets and Rascals for a yummy hot chocolate (they are the best ever with marshmallows and everything). Finally, thanks to Sam Clifford for some lovely photos.